Barnsley Virtual School

What you can do for yourself

Did you know that how you look after yourself has a big impact on your learning?

To help you get the most out of your school day, you need to:

  • get a good night's sleep 
    If you're tired, your brain will find it harder to retain information and you won't remember what you've learned. Get into the habit of a regular bedtime routine on school nights.
  • eat a healthy diet 
    Make sure you fuel your body for the school day. Make time for breakfast. If you're hungry you'll be low in energy and find it more difficult to get actively involved in your lessons.
  • get regular exercise 
    This is great for your mood and sense of wellbeing. If you feel positive you're more likely to be up for the challenge of learning something new. You don’t have to join a gym. Walking, cycling and swimming are great exercise. They help both sides of the brain work together, which is really good for your learning.
  • drink plenty of water 
    The brain needs water to function, so keep well hydrated.
  • be prepared
    Make sure you have the equipment you need for each day. It’s a good idea to get it ready the night before.
  • keep focused on the purpose of the learning 
    If you know why you're learning something, it can help you stay focused if the going gets tough. Keep your eyes on your long term goals. Doing well at school will open a world of possibilities for your future career aspirations.        


What your carer can do for you

Having someone who believes in your abilities can have a really positive impact on your achievements.

Your carer can help by:

  • making sure you've got somewhere suitable to do your homework
  • giving you access to the internet to support your learning
  • sitting with you while you do your homework to help you stay focused
  • staying in regular contact with your school
  • contributing to your Termly Personal Education Plan(TPEP)

What your school can do for you

Your school is responsible for planning the best learning journey for you. They get extra funding to do this, so that you're able to do your best at school. 

Your school can spend the money on anything that will help your learning, such as:

  • extra help for you in the classroom
  • one-to-one tuition
  • giving you access to broader learning experiences
  • making sure you have a chance to develop a particular skill or talent
  • support to help you manage your emotions
  • nurture groups
  • more small group work opportunities

The school designated teacher will monitor how well it's going and the difference it's making to your learning. It's important that the school includes your views in any plans for your education.   

What the virtual school can do for you

The Virtual School keeps a check on the quality of the education you receive. It can:

  • help your school make best use of the extra money to support your learning
  • challenge your school if there's something that's not going right for you
  • advise your designated teacher on the best way to help you
  • work with your school, social worker, and Independent Reviewing Officer(IRO) to plan the best education pathway for you.
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